Director: Various

UK 1951 - 1978 | Black & white, and colour | Documentary

Avaliable on: DVD

The fourteen films of Reshaping British Railways take a look at significant events from 1951 to 1978, highlighting the case for change to a cleaner, more efficient motive power. The films look at the 'Indian summer' of steam traction, the Modernisation Plan of 1955 and its introduction of the diesel rail-car, the 'reshaping' or pruning of the network masterminded by Dr Richard Beeching, British Rail's progress into the 1960s with the Inter-City and Freightliner concepts, and the approach to the new age of the High Speed Train. The DVD contains classics of their time like Wash and Brush Up, Service for Southend, Forward to First Principles, Plumb-Loco, Overture One-Two-Five and the famous Let's Go To Birmingham. Also included are rarities such as A Place in the Team, Freight and a City and Second Nature, which have never previously been available to watch at home.